To celebrate 70 years of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft STATE collaborates with Fraunhofer-Netzwerk für Wissenschaft, Kunst und Design creating the interdisciplinary showcase MATERIALIZE – An artistic journey into the quantum universe. The mixed media exhibition presents works by Andreas Jungk, Luca Pozzi and Olaf Schirm.

Scientists have been investigating quantum physics phenomena since the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, these incredible discoveries have turned our usual view on the world upside down, often contradicting our everyday experience and the laws of classical physics and raising a number of fundamental questions. The fascination with quantum physics does not only raise the curiosity of scientists. Driven by the same urge for truth and knowledge, artists also find inspiration and starting points for their own interpretations of scientific ideas. The artistic approaches of Andreas Jungk, Luca Pozzi and Olaf Schirm reflect scientific tendencies and unfold new approaches on both an aesthetic and a sensual level.

Luca Pozzi, Dragon’s Egg, 2018

Luca Pozz says: “The space-time is an all-encompassing container, where everything is next to each other in a holistic sense. There is a strange feeling of frozen time. Past, present and future are indistinguishable. A series of multidisciplinary correspondences are converging into a beautiful network of pure and basic information beyond geographical, political and linguistic borders. The importance of the less intuitive aspects of our reality: quantum gravity, teleportation, entanglement, augmented reality, time travel, cosmology and biodiversity. The result is an unusual correlation between theoretical physics, informatics and contemporary art.”


participating artists and scientists:

Luca Pozzi

Luca Pozzi (Milan, 1983) is a visual artist and interdisciplinary mediator. Inspired by the worlds of art, physics, multi-messenger cosmology and computer science, after graduating with a degree in painting and specializing in computer graphics and systems, he collaborates with visionary scientific communities, including Loop Quantum Gravity (PI), Compact Muon Solenoid (CERN) and the Fermi Large Area Telescope (INFN, NASA).

Studying quantum gravity, teleportation, time travel, cosmology and particle physics, the theoretical research is converted in a series of hybrid installations characterized by magnetized sculptures, levitating objects, light drawings and a performative use of photography based on a strange feeling of frozen time and multidimensionality.


Marta Gilaberte Basset

Marta Gilaberte Basset (Barcelona, 1987) is currently working as a researcher in the field of Quantum Imaging at the Fraunhofer IOF in Jena. After getting her Diploma in Physics, she did a Master in Aerospace Technology and, in parallel, got in touch for first time with the quantum technology world at ICFO (Castelldefels). Worked for 5 years in the laser manufacturer company Monocrom SL developing a laser source for the ExoMars ESA mission, to be launched in July 2020.

Fascinated to see that the strange world of quantum optics is finding its place to help out in everyday life applications, she decided to focus her work on Quantum Imaging. This particular field allows us to capture the image of objects illuminated at spectral ranges that are difficult or even impossible to detect with classical imaging.

Olaf Schirm

Olaf Schirm was born in Berlin in 1958 and lives and works there today. He developed his first music synthesizer at the age of 17 and has been closely associated with electronic music ever since. He began studying physics and biology and taught himself computer science while working in sound and television studios. At the age of 27 he founded his first company “Vierte Art” for the then emerging computer animation industry of the 80s. In the mid 90’s he developed software and hardware for real-time motion capture on humans with his company “X-IST”. Around 2000 he founded “noDNA”, an agency for synthetic actors and in 2006 a trading company for research robotics. Since 2014, he has dedicated himself exclusively to art and science and frequency art.


Andreas Jungk

Born in Munich in 1956, the painter Andreas Jungk studied law before he was introduced to the techniques and philosophy of Zen calligraphy by a Japanese Zen teacher between 1995 and 2000. Jungk’s works, often black-and-white and reduced to a few strokes and movements, read as if they were unintentional, without an underlying intellectual concept and as an immediate presence. In his work “unborn” Jungks fascination for elementary structures of nature and quantum-physical phenomena finds its expression: it symbolizes the quantum space in which things appear similar – but never the same. Jungks works have been shown at Kunst Zürich and Benjamin Eck Galerie, amongst others.

Falk Eilenberger

Falk Eilenberger  (Schlema, 1981) is a scientist, specialized in experimental optics and quantum photonics. He studied physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena and the University of Sydney. He received his PhD for works on nonlinear space-time dynamics of light on the femtosecond scale in 2014. After graduation he joined the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF as a coordinator for collaborative  and multidisciplinary research projects on Human-Machine-Interaction, 3D-Sensing, Materials Science, and Quantum Technologies.

Inspired by the promises of Quantum Technologies and novel results on previously unknown classes of optoelectronic materials he started a junior research group on Photonics in 2D-Materials in 2018. There he and his team are studying the interaction of quanta of light with quanta of matter on the scale of single atoms, the smallest quantum environment accessible to mankind.

Being heavily involved in outreach activities throughout his academic career, he is particularly intrigued by the exotic and fascinating nature of quantum physics. As opposed to common view, he believes that quantum physics can be well understood by anyone, who is willing to challenge long-held truths with careful observation. As such, he is fascinated by artistical approaches to quantum physics, as they playful challenge the senses and help our minds open to yet unseen aspects of our world.



Opening 1 August 2019, 6:30 pm

Art meets Science Talk with Marta Gilabert Basset (Fraunhofer Insitute for Optics and Precision Engineering), Andreas Jungk and Falk Eilenberger .

The project is realized in cooperation with Fraunhofer Headquarter Communication and is supported by the Fraunhofer-Network Wissenschaft, Kunst und Design.

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